Key messages

  • A use licence is required to operate (use) radiation sources/units within Victoria.
  • This page details the information and the form required for a medical registrar to apply for or vary an existing use licence in relation to the use of a medical fluoroscopic X-ray unit and medical mini C-arm fluoroscopic X-ray unit.
  • Supporting documents are required when submitting.
  • You are not authorised to use a radiation source until you receive your licence certificate.

Overview

A use licence allows an individual to use specific types of a radiation sources for a specific purpose. Failure to hold the required use licence is an offence under the Radiation Act 2005.

This page details the information and the form required for a medical registrar to apply for or vary an existing use licence in relation to the use of a medical fluoroscopic X-ray unit and medical mini C-arm fluoroscopic X-ray unit.

Applicants seeking a licence to use radiation sources must meet certain prerequisites prior to being issued with a use licence.

Do you need a use licence ? 

Before you apply for a radiation use licence read the full exemptions to check if you are exempt from the requirement to hold a use licence. 

If you are unsure whether you require a licence, we recommend that, prior to lodging an application, you email the department with a description of your proposed activity to clarify your licensing requirements.

Prerequisites: what information do I include with my application?

All of the following information must be included with your application (electronic files can be attached with your application).

Apparatus Prerequisites
Medical fluoroscopic X-ray unit
  • Must hold general registration as a Medical Practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and
  • Must have successfully completed, within the last 12 months, recognised training course MED1 and
  • Must provide a letter of endorsement from a Specialist Medical Practitioner, who holds an equivalent use licence, verifying that the applicant has demonstrated the required level of competency to perform medical procedures requiring the use of fluoroscopic apparatus without direct supervision.
Medical mini C-arm fluoroscopic X-ray unit
  • Must hold general registration as a Medical Practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and
  • Must have successfully completed, within the last 12 months, a recognised training course (Recognised Courses MED1) and
  • Must provide a letter of endorsement from a Specialist Medical Practitioner, who holds an equivalent use licence, verifying that the applicant has demonstrated the required level of competency to perform medical procedures requiring the use of fluoroscopic apparatus without direct supervision.

Recognised Training Courses

Radiation Apparatus Course Number Course Title Course Provider / Contact Details
Fluoroscopic X-ray unit MED1-1 The Safer Use of Fluoroscopy Units Hospital Medical Physics Group
Email: fluoro.vic@gmail.com
MED1-2
Ionising Radiation Safety and Mobile Image Intensifiers

SGS Australian
10/585 Blackburn Rd
Notting Hill VIC 3168
Phone:(03)9574 3361
Email: AU.Radiation.Info@sgs.com.au
Website: www.radiation.net.au

Mini C-arm X-ray unit MED1-3
Radiation Safety in the Use of Mini C Arm X-ray Equipment RADSMART
Gordon and Jocelyn Mackenzie
Radiation Safety Training Specialists
13 Cassandra Cres.
HEATHCOTE NSW 2233
Phone: (02) 9520 6340
Mobile: 0409 600 646
Email: info@radsmart.com.au
MED1-4
Radiation Protection Course: Low Power Fluoroscopic Devices in Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery
Dr Kent Gregory
SA Radiation Pty Ltd
Mobile: 0410 388 018
Email: kent@saradiation.com.au
Web: www.saradiation.com.au

Mutual recognition

A person who is registered in an equivalent occupation in another state or territory or New Zealand may be entitled to apply to the department under the Commonwealth Mutual Recognition Act 1992 for a licence to use radiation sources in Victoria related to their occupations.

See the mutual recognition arrangements page for more information.

Conditions of licence and other relevant documents

Compliance with the Code of Practice for Radiation Protection in the Medical Applications of Ionizing Radiation is a condition of use licences issued to medical registrars and applicants must be familiar with these requirements.

Licence durations, licence fees, assessment process and timeframes

See the general information on use licences section for more information.

Apply for a use licence or apply to vary an existing licence

Before you apply for a use licence it is important that you read the FAQ’s about the new licensing portal  to assist you with lodging an application.

Once you familiarise yourself with the prerequisites for licensing you can apply using the licensing portal.  

Select your occupation and then choose the radiation sources that you would like to be authorised to use. You will then be asked to upload the required prerequisites and pay the prescribed fee with either credit card (preferred) or BPay. There is no fee applicable to vary your use licence.

Apply for a use licence or apply to vary a licence